Human Capital Formation

Monday 19 March 2018, 2.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Miguel Sarzosa

Dr. Miguel Sarzosa will offer four specialist lectures on the economics and econometrics of human capital formation. Members of staff and PhD students are welcome.

The course will focus on the implementation and modelling of human capital formation, with a particular focus on early years and adolescence.


Lecture 1: March 19, 2-4pm.

Lecture 2: March 21, 10-12

Lecture 3: March 21, 1.30-3.30pm

Lecture 4: March 22, 10-12.

All lectures will take place in HERC (above Alcuin reception). 

Course outline

Unobserved Heterogeneity, Skills and Identification

  • Neal, D. and W. Johnson (1996). The Role of Premarket Factors in Black-White Wage Differences. Journal of Political Economy.104(5):869–895.
  • Murnane, R., Willett, J., and Levy, F. (1995). The growing importance of cognitive skills in wage determination. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 77(2):251–266.
  • Sarzosa, M. and S. Urzua (2016). Implementing Factor Models for Unobserved Heterogeneity in Stata. The Stata Journal. Vol 16(1) pp. 197-228.

Non-cognitive Skills

  • Duckworth, A. and Seligman, M. (2005). Self-discipline outdoes IQ in predicting academic performance of adolescents. Psychological Science, 16(12):939–944. 
  • Heckman, J., J. Stixrud and S. Urzúa (2006). The Effects of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Abilities on Labor Market Outcomes and SocialBehavior, Journal of Labor Economics, 24(3): 411-482. 
  • Espinoza, R., M. Sarzosa and S. Urzua (2015). The Causal Effects of Skills: An International Study
  • Sarzosa, M. (2017). Unobserved Heterogeneity and Labor Market Discrimination Against Homosexuals.

Bullying and Skills

  • Sarzosa, M. and S. Urzúa (2015). “Bullying Among Adolescents, the role of cognitive and non- cognitive skills”, NBER Working Papers No. 21631 
  • Sarzosa, M. (2017) “Negative Social Interactions and Skill Accumulation: The Case of School Bullying”
  • Santavirta, T. and Sarzosa, M. (2018). “The More we get together, the happier we’ll be? The Effect of Disruptive Peers”

Location: HERC

Admission: Members of staff and PhD students are welcome.